Browne Family Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $30

By on June 28, 2014

browne-family-vineyards-chardonnay-bottle-nvWalla Walla’s John Freeman oversees the winemaking for Precept CEO Andrew Browne’s namesake brand, and they invested in small French oak barrels for lots from Canyon Vineyard Ranch, Oasis and Sagemoor. The 11 months of surlie aging accounts for aromas of Spanish almonds, apple, Meyer lemon, mint and toast. There’s dried pear, Bremner Wafer and a bit of butterscotch on the palate, yet there’s much more lemony acidity and less creaminess than one often expects from a reserve-priced Chardonnay.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 462 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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